Peru – Ancient Inca Design and Architecture

Inca Design, Architecture and Technology Machu Picchu & Ollantaytambo Peru, South America While in Peru in January I found myself at two sites where examples of Inca architecture and design could be observed in its finest form. Here below follows a visual tour. [click to view slides] Immediately noticeable was the combination of strength, functionality, durability and visual appeal. Aesthetics always played a role for the Inca, although it took much, much longer than today to construct buildings, walls and […]

Peru – Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca

Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru Uros islands are floating reed islands found on Lake Titicaca, the largest fresh water lake in South America, situated between Peru and Bolivia. At 3800 metres above sea level Lake Titicaca is considered to be the highest navigable lake in the world. In the local Quechua language “titicaca” means “Mount Puma” or “grey puma”. The floating Uros islands were originally created in pre-Colombian times when the small Uros tribe needed to find a solution […]

Tikal – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 2

Tikal National Park, Petén, Guatemala, Central America Tikal is the largest excavated Maya site in the Americas and once was one of the greatest and most prominent cities in all of the Maya world. Besides general sightseeing, of interest to me during my recent visit in September, was to get to know more about the advanced technologies and sophisticated infrastructure which could be found in Tikal in its heyday. I was also interested in learning more about the reasons for […]

Copán – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 1

Copán Maya Ruins, Honduras, Central America “Archaeologists believe that the Maya culture in Copán collapsed because the land could no longer support it. As the valley of the population grew, so did the need for wood, cooking and construction. Deforestation caused the valley to heat up. The heat caused draught and crop failure. The hunger and disease that resulted created political and social unrest that lead to the downfall of this great civilisation.” – Copán Nature Trail  [click to view […]

Exploring Easter Island – Day 4

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Day 4 Highlights In the morning I went to the tourist information office to pick up some maps and brochures. When inquiring about the weather staff assured me that it would be raining for 3 or 4 days and that the rain would start the following morning. They recommend getting as much as possible sightseeing in during the day. This made me decide to head out to the south-east end of Easter Island and then walk […]

Exploring Easter Island – Day 3

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Day 3 Highlights The following morning I set out early. It was raining all night and the clouds were just starting to clear. I came across a lonely horse next to a small moai, but soon encountered more. I passed by Tahai again and then continued northwards. The terrain was getting more rural. Shortly after passing through a country gate and stepping over pools of rain water I heard a noise. Looking back I noticed horses […]

Exploring Easter Island – Days 1 & 2

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Days 1 & 2 (June 2015) Day 1: After about five hours of flight time from Santiago, we were nearing our destination. Serious turbulence started up during our descent in the stormy weather. Just before touch-down a very strong tug to the left occurred, then to the right, followed by a hard bounce as wheels connected with rain-soaked tarmac, complimented with (some) veering and swerving, but no skidding, until the plane came to a standstill. A […]

Santiago Street Art

June 9 – 12, 2015.  Santiago de Chile. Photography by Jean-Jacques M. Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café. Jean-JacquesExplorer, Philosopher, Photographer http://gypsycafe.org/

Free your Mind

‘Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo’, situated in Uruguay’s oldest (ex-)prison. Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2015.  Photography by Jean-Jacques Montagnier — Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café Jean-JacquesExplorer, Philosopher, Photographer http://gypsycafe.org/

Montevideo Murals

Street art is big in Montevideo, with interesting styles. Here are a couple of examples which I took pictures of recently in one of the older neighborhoods, Cordón. – Jean-Jacques Murals, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2015 Photographed by Jean-Jacques M. Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café Jean-JacquesExplorer, Philosopher, Photographer http://gypsycafe.org/

Rustic ARTitecture

I arrived in South America 3 weeks ago and spent 5 days in Buenos Aires. I got these shots with my Film SLR and then as usual I had to wait for them to be developed. I might take most of my future shots with my Digital SLR as it has become increasingly difficult (and expensive) to get film processed, no matter where you are in the world. – Jean-Jacques ** Photography by Jean-Jacques M. with Pentax P30T Film SLR […]

The Eco-Shrine at Hogsback

Hogsback “Hogsback is a magical world of mountains and forests. It is situated high up on the Amathole mountains of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, and is surrounded by centuries-old indigenous Afro-montane forests.” Quoted from: http://www.hogsback.co.za/ Hogsback in a Nutshell – Read More — The Eco-Shrine at Hogsback “I created this art work in 1995 and 1996 because I felt the need to give artistic expression to the scientific facts regarding the origin of Earth and all of […]

Building the New World Within (4) – The Inside Story

This brings us back to the story of Chicken Little and the metaphors within. Chicken Little is merrily strolling in the forest when something (an acorn) falls on her head. She doesn’t look up. She doesn’t investigate to see what it is. She gets frightened instead of directing her attention to where the hint came from. She panics and decides to warn everyone she comes across that “the sky is falling!” Her hysteria is transferred to the others and they […]

Resentment Resolved

“Having resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die” — Malachy McCourt. Jean-JacquesExplorer, Philosopher, Photographer http://gypsycafe.org/

Emancipate Yourself

“Emancipate yourself from mediocrity” – JJM Jean-JacquesExplorer, Philosopher, Photographer http://gypsycafe.org/